mys·​ti·​cal | \ ˈmi-sti-kəl How to pronounce mystical (audio) \

Definition of mystical

1a : having a spiritual meaning or reality that is neither apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence the mystical food of the sacrament
b : involving or having the nature of an individual's direct subjective communion with God or ultimate reality the mystical experience of the Inner Light

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mystically \ ˈmi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mystical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of mystical in a Sentence

He has a mystical [mystic union with God. She says that the symbol has mystical powers. the deep, almost mystical quality of her poetry a mystical journey in search of God mystical knowledge of the spirit world
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Recent Examples on the Web Tarkovsky, despite his avant-garde leanings, ultimately gravitated toward nineteenth-century Romanticism and its fin-de-siècle mystical offshoots. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Drenching Richness of Andrei Tarkovsky," 8 Feb. 2021 In the region, many admired and feared Mr. Kony, who claimed to have mystical powers. Marlise Simons, New York Times, "Former Uganda Militia Leader Is Convicted of War Crimes," 4 Feb. 2021 The Sun enters mystical Pisces on February 18, heightening our intuition over the next month. Lisa Stardust,, "Your February Horoscope Is Here," 1 Feb. 2021 The mountains became stages for mystical self-discovery and Nietzschean improvement. Akash Kapur, The New Yorker, "Can We See Past the Myth of the Himalaya?," 18 Jan. 2021 This show could have easily had Scarlet Witch battling baddies with powers like telekinesis in every episode, flying around the picket-fence fantasy hurling energy balls at some mystical villain. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Wandavision Offers Hope That Originality Can Survive the Era of the Ever-Expanding Franchise," 16 Jan. 2021 These consultations function almost as armchair counseling sessions: clients can open up and have their thoughts reflected back at them through a nonscientific — even mystical — lens. New York Times, "What, if Anything, Can Psychics Tell Us About All of This?," 15 Jan. 2021 Season after season, the runway is populated with Dickens heroines and royals, as well as more outré imaginings, like femme fleurs and mystical creatures. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "For Dreamers, 48 Fashion Fantasies From the Vogue Runway Archive," 1 Jan. 2021 But instead of underlying terror, the snow photos offer a mystical feeling of joy. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Snow day in the Bay Area 1976: The view from above," 7 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of mystical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mystical

mystic entry 1 + -al entry 1

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The first known use of mystical was in the 15th century

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23 Feb 2021

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“Mystical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mystical

: having a spiritual meaning that is difficult to see or understand
: of or relating to mystics or mysticism : resulting from prayer or deep thought


mys·​ti·​cal | \ ˈmi-sti-kəl How to pronounce mystical (audio) \

Kids Definition of mystical

: having a spiritual meaning that is difficult to see or understand a mystical symbol

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